Richard Riakporhe will formally launch his quest for a world title shot in 2023 when he battles former two-time WBO cruiserweight world champion Krzysztof Gowacki on the Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith undercard on the AO Enviornment in Manchester on Saturday, 21 January.
The undefeated Londoner (15-0, 11 KOs) has bulldozed his method into competition to problem for a coveted crown with three knockouts in his final three fights.
Now Riakporhe, 32, shall be out to say a significant scalp within the type of Poland’s Glowacki (32-3-0, 20 KOs), whose solely defeats have come towards Oleksandr Usyk, Maris Briedis and Lawrence Okolie.
Riakporhe stated: “I am actually happy that he took the struggle. I can take a look at the ‘Midnight Prepare’ as soon as once more and all people can see how I fare as much as the take a look at of dealing with a former world champion.
“He will not be a pushover and I’ve to be on the high of my A recreation. It’s going to be fireworks, imagine me.”
Becoming a member of the bumper BOXXER: Unleashed undercard – reside and solely within the UK and Republic of Eire on Sky Sports activities Field Workplace – is Manchester’s personal Jack ‘One Smack’ Massey (20-1-0, 11 KOs) who collides with former WBO world heavyweight champion, Joseph Parker (30-3-0, 21 KOs).
The 30-year-old stablemate of heavyweight king Tyson Fury returns to Manchester, scene of his Struggle of the 12 months candidate defeat by Joe Joyce again in September, intent on getting his personal world title ambitions again on observe.
However Cheshire-based Massey, whose solely ever defeat was inflicted by Riakporhe in 2019, shall be seeking to trigger a monster upset towards the Kiwi warrior when he steps as much as the heavyweight division for the primary time.
Additional fights for this card shall be introduced sooner or later.
BOXXER CEO & Founder, Ben Shalom stated: “We’re including two main fights – with heaps extra to return – to what’s already a blockbuster evening of boxing.
“It is a huge take a look at and an enormous step up for Richard Riakporhe towards a former two-time world champion, whose solely defeats are to Usyk, Breidis, and Okolie.
“Glowacki has had a very long time to arrange for this and it is an enormous cruiserweight struggle that could possibly be a headline bout. In what’s a really thrilling division, it is crunch time for Richard.
“Native lad Jack Massey has been pushing for a giant struggle and he has jumped at this take a look at towards Joseph Parker. He has received enormous help in Manchester and now he’ll be combating one of many largest names in boxing.
“Parker is coming again after his Struggle of the 12 months contender with Joe Joyce and can need to present precisely what he’s all about. Will probably be very attention-grabbing to see how Parker reacts towards a hometown favourite.”
The principle occasion – in affiliation with Wasserman Boxing – sees bitter middleweight enemies Chris Eubank Jr and Liam Smith face-off as each rivals bid to take a leap in direction of their desired world title pursuits.